662. Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies

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1 Christ, whose glory fills the skies;
Christ, the true, the only light;
Sun of Righteousness, arise;
triumph o'er the shades of night;
Dayspring from on high, be near;
Daystar, in my heart appear.

2 Dark and cheerless is the morn
unaccompanied by thee;
joyless is the day's return
till thy mercy's beams I see;
till they inward light impart,
cheer my eyes and warm my heart.

3 Visit then this soul of mine;
pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
fill me, radiancy divine;
scatter all my unbelief;
more and more thyself display,
shining to the perfect day.

Text Information
First Line: Christ, whose glory fills the skies
Title: Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies
Author: Charles Wesley (1740)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Proverbs 4:18; Lamentations 3:22-23; Malachi 4:2; Luke 1:78; John 1:4-9; John 8:12; John 12:46; Acts 9:3-5; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Hebrews 1:3; 2 Peter 1:19; Revelation 21:23
Topic: Celebrating Time; Light; Morning
Language: English
Tune Information
Adapter: Johann Werner (1815)
Harmonizer: William Henry Havergal (1847)
Key: D Major
Source: German folk melody

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This well-crafted morning hymn opens by celebrating daylight as an image of Christ, the true Light, then ponders life without light, and culminates in a prayer for inward light. The tune’s name honors its German roots: Ratisbon is the former English name for Regensburg.

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